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offices closed today. some people did try to venture out. we have team coverage this afternoon as hundreds of thousands of people still can't watch tv, because the power is still out. good afternoon. welcome to news4 at 4:00, i'm pat lawson muse. and i'm barn rah harrison in for jim handly tonight. now people all around are facing the prospect of being without power for the next two or three days. >> petco reports a few more than 157,000 outages now. the majority, more than 110,000, are in montgomery county. prince george's and d.c. both have about 23,000 outages each. the agency says the heavy, wet snow, the wind and lightning caused damage to a major power substation. and also trying to fix more than 1,000 downed power lines. bg & e is also reporting over 65,000 customers without juice in maryland. and in northern virginia, dominion reports just under
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69,000 outages. all three utilities requested help from crews outside the area to restore power. crews from dominion and bge arrived today, and some are already working. pep co says it will receive out of state assistance tomorrow. >> pep co was criticized for not being prepared. >> clay anderson, the spokesperson was on wtop radio yesterday right around this time at 4:00. he was asked if pep co called in reinforcements before the storm. >> as of now, we have not called for outside mutual assistance, but what we have done, sean, is we have many staging areas right now at our rockville service center in montgomery county. we do have additional crews that are there right now standing by awaiting the storm. also in prince george's county at our forestville service center. so we do have crews available. we have the chains on the trucks, so we are ready to go. >> joining us now on the phone is thomas graham who is petco's
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president. thank you so much for joining us, mr. graham. >> my pleasure. >> yesterday petco says it didn't call in help from other states. we heard clay anderson say you had not called in back-ups before the storm. have you had second thoughts about that decision, and why didn't you call in back-ups before the snow started? >> let me -- let me update you on a few numbers. you gave me a few more outages than i have. the number is down to 147,000 customers. we are over 200,000 last night. we had almost 2,100 wires down as opposed to the 1,000. and with respect to mutual assistance, those mutual assistance crews have already started to arrive on our system, and the call for assistance went out last evening. and again, those crews come on to the system, we will have about 1,000 resources working on the restoration of power, 500 of those will be outside of our
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service territory. >> mr. graham, can you give us a time line for people who are calling us now even asking the question, how soon do you think each area that you serve will be back online? >> you know, we're restoring power comprehensively. so we expect the vast majority of our customers, their service will be restored by 11:00 p.m. tomorrow night with the remaining restoration will take place over the weekend. >> and just getting back to the question of when you called in reinforcemen reinforcements, can you tell us what the policy is? when do you make the decision about calling in reinforcements before a storm starts? because it's very frustrating for a lot of people when we have storm after storm after storm, and then they have no electricity for days on end after the storm. >> well, actually, we secured resources before the storm started, and that would be with our contracting work force. so we held our crews over, we brought in our contracting work force, we positioned them at locations throughout our service territory.
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when it became apparent that we were going to sustain greater damage than anticipated because of the wet, heavy snow, we did make that call last evening. we did receive immediate support from ohio. we also have crews coming in from pennsylvania, delaware and new jersey. so all that took place yesterday. there is some travel time involved. but those crews are on their -- some are on the system already working. others will be here later this evening. but they will be working 16-hour shifts to restore service to our customers. >> and mr. graham, how do you prioritize the customers who are waiting for service? do you take some areas sooner than others? how do you do it? >> well, the restoration process starts with safety. so we have over 2,000 downed wires that have to be investigated, so that's going to take a bit of time. we look at are there any hospitals that are out of service, police stations out of service? any type of first responders? that's high on their priority list. do we have substations, which
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serve 10, 12,000 customers? if we could restore that, that would be of great benefit. i would say a lot of the work that we are able to do from september to this point through our reliability enhancement plan, we were able to secure some of our substations that we did not experience the same problems that we experienced last year. and then from that point, we started to look at being able to restore service to the largest number of customers, and then as we worked through the neighborhoods, when it gets -- it's really the toughest work, because we can only restore service to perhaps one customer at a time. there are customers that are identified to us as special needs. we try to get to them as best we can. but in short, that's really the restoration process. >> all right. pep co president thomas graham, thanks for being with us. >> thank you for the opportunity. >> thank you. >> bye-bye. >> well, how much snow did we get? meteorologist veronica johnson has our snow totals. veronica? >> close to a foot in many locations. for today, though, the big story, or at least for the
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evening and overnight will be the cold. because a lot of neighborhoods through the evening by 8:00, 9:00 are going to start dropping below freezing. so that slush that we have gotten around the area today is going to turn to ice. let's take a look outside. we've got a mixture of clouds and sunshine here going on. and we have had some melting today. nothing on the radar right now, but i've got to tell you, while we're going to be dealing with an icy night and morning, tomorrow we could see some more light snow showers coming through the area. as far as what we picked up here around the area, take a look at frederick, maryland. just over 8 inches of snow. the and damascus, close to 10 inches of snow. bluemont picked up 11, and there were some locations in west virginia that picked up a foot of snow. the lighter amounts down throu the south, areas like stafford and arod st.ary's picking up 1 to 2 inches of snowll. temperatures here are running in the low and mid 30s. petworth 26. fran conia at 34 degrees.
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so we've had a little bit of melting taking pla today. a little bit. the big concern, at least the way i see it, roa for tomorrow morning and also heavy snow sitting on a lot of roofs. it's goingo start to turn to ice over the next couple days. r us, what to expect her want to, tomorrow morning, some poor road conditions is going to be cold as we deal withrefreeze througut the area. by 11:00, we're down to 28 degrees. good thing i we don't have a lot of wind to deal an icy night for us, and also, i wodn't be surprisedo see a bit of fog early tomorrow morning. the flurri will come through the day tomoow. i'll tell you what time to expect them and how much. not going to be a bigdeal,ut still i'll tel you how much. and we'll take a look at th weeken too. back to you. >> okay, veronica, tnk you. listen up, kids. some of you could be getting another dayff from school tomorrow. fairfax county schools are already closed. we'll bon the air tomorrow morning starting at 4:00 a.m. with all o the cancellations anddelays. police sayhe weather is to
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blame for at least one death. investigators say 41 oswal hernandez cz was driving h truck along military road lt night wn a tree fell on the vehicle. cruz was found unconscious near oregon avenue around 70 last ght. was taken to the hospital, where he later died. police say at leas four oths were injured. they were also taken to the hospital, and treated for tir injuries in prince george's county, we're tol most major roads there are n paable. but the side streets are still a littledicey. >>nd as we rorted a little while ago, thousands of residents in the county are still about power this hour. derrick ward is in hillcrest heights, maryland, with more on theituation there. derric >> reporter: well, we are in hillcrest heights athe intersection of 23rd place and i'verson street. you can see that iverson street is passable, but 23rd seet is a difrent story. out of corage range, there is
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a lot of ice steep downgrade. not fun for folks as they travel around this evening. i want to have you take a look at some of the things we found as we traveled around the county today. major roadways were indeed cleared by mid morning thanks to some heavy lifting and long hours by dpw crews. but despite being passable, a number of those roads turned out to be blocked by downed trees and overhead wires. now, the county schools were closed, and that meant no buses and lighter traffic. and that gave the crews room to operate as they tried to get a grip on the task of clearing secondary roadways and residential streets. and also it allowed them to maybe get a jump on the inevitable refreezing that could likely occur overnight. >> we have another full crew coming on at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. ones once we get the residentials passable, and then i am sure this evening, as i said, there will be refreezing, so trucks will be out. we won't be plowing this evening, just be treating probably with salt. >> and another thing that we found in our travel throughout
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the county are a number of intersections that were dark. they may have had one light working, some didn't have any. some of these lights work by l.e.d.s and can be run by batteries. they try to restart them remotely from a control center. if they can't do that, crews have to go out and physically replace batteries, so some intersections should be coming back up periodically. if you come across one, treat it as a four-way stop sign. come to a full stop, don't proceed until its clea and signal your intentionso turn, becae sometimes you're using curb lanes or turn lanes. at least they're very narr. keywords, take caution as you travel we're not completely out of the woods yet. we'll ve more at 5:00 and 6:00. we're live in hillcre heights. now backo you. >> thank you, derrick. the powerfulinter srm had many drivers stuck for hours. many waited in their cars, but others left their cars on the roads. almost 100 vehicles were abandoned on the george washington memorial parkway. >> and tt was theorst spot anywhere in the washington area.
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the u.s. park police started remong those cars early toda news4's tracee wilkins has details. >> reporter: this was the scene around our area this morning. abandoned cars left onhe side of roadways. and sometimes right in the middle of the road. but the worst exale of thi hato be the gw parkway, where some comters were trappe in trafficrom rush hour yesterd ening until earlyhis morning. one of those drivers called news4 to share her story. >> last night i was in the city ea at 4:45 yesterday. and trafc cameo a halt. and literally we have moved vy little since about 5:15. >> we have a cascang effect going on here we started out wit bad ather. we added in some trees coming down, throw in some carcrashes, and was the abandoned vehicles that really made oblems for us. >> this picture from the cin
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bridge looking up at the wg parkway gives some perspective. these vehicles were stuck in the westbound lanes, andidn't really sta to move until about 4:30 a.m. en we then took a ride down the eastboundide of the gw parkway, here's what was left. an arlington county ambulance left abandoned. and thenehicle after hicle. u.s.ark police say there were 96 vehicles total. they weren't able totart moving these vehicles out of the adway until daylight. >> is because we had so many vehicles abandone we had difficulty getting the people that were up in the traffic further up from where we're standing now dowhe. and even once we got themnto this area, we couldn't put them on the arlington roads, becausely highway, interstate 66, e same problems. >> for daniel herd and oth drivers stuck in that mess, it was an unreal perience. >> completely surrounde by cars. no o is moving. people are -- some people are walking in frustration.
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others a asleep. it's surreal. >> as you can see, there's still vehicles left he in the geoe washington parkway. u.s. park police are saying that if youant to recover you vecle, you can come and probably find it where you left it if you pulle it over to the side of the road. but if you left it ithe center of the roadway, it has most likely been towed to possibly roevelt island. on the gw parkway, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. and our coverag of the snowstorm's aftermath continues. up next, weee how folks here in the district are dealing with the aftermath. >> ifou're trying to head out of town, we'll get an upda on major delays and canceations at the aiort. plus, viewers are sending us so pictures of the snow. we'll share a few of them, coming up, on news4 at 4:00.
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downed trees, unplowed streets and dark traffic signals. >> those are just some of the obstacles that met residents as they woke up and tried to get to work following last night's winter storm. news4's megan mcgrath has more from northwest washington. >> reporter: a beautiful sight to behold. that's if you could stay home and enjoy it. but for many, that just wasn't an option this morning. they had to dig out their cars and head to work. >> we have got to go into the office, so that's -- that is a break. some people got two-hour delays i guess, but no such luck for me. >> reporter: the heavy, wet snow brought down trees like this one at northwest 36th street. police blocked the road to keep folks away from the smoking
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wires. at major intersections like wisconsin avenue and tenially circle, officers directed traffic, because the signals were dark. it was enough to make michelle chavis leave her car at home. she didn't want a repeat of her four-hour commute from last night. >> it was a nightmare. i got stuck on 270 for about 4 hours last night. took metro this morning. not doing the car today. >> reporter: while many of the major roads were decent by rush hour, side streets and sidewalks were hit or mess. some pedestrians walked in the street. others sloshed through the slush. >> it's treacherous, scary. you better have your boots on. >> reporter: and, of course, walking on a snow-covered sidewalk can be a slippery and dangerous situation, so residents and businesses are reminded to get those shovels and clear things up. in northwest, megan mcgrath, news4. >> and when the snow began falling, news4 viewers and nbc users began
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sending us their photos. >> so take a look at this one. some backyard visitors at lake lingamore in new market, maryland. >> and here's one from laurel, maryland, a front-yard visitor looking for a meal. if you've got a photo you would like to share, visit our home page, nbc >> and take a look at this photo from the backyard of a news4 viewer in fairfax station, virginia. those seats might be a bit cold there. which one is it? is that the one with the seats? >> i can't see it that well. >> yeah, yeah. it's a tiny seat. a tiny picture. thanks so much for sending all of your pictures. and we'll take some more. we would like to see them. coming up on news4 this afternoon, veronica is back with a complete forecast, including when we can expect this snow to melt. stay with us.
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we're going to have another dangerous night out there with freezing temperatures coming. >> right. but nothing like last night. it's hard to compare anything to last night. >> and you know, what made it so bad was not only that people get stuck because the snow hit so heavily during the rush hour, but it was coming down so fast. >> right. it was coming down so fast, and, of course, if you're a car, it's not like you can go anywhere. so all of a sudden you're trapped in all of this it traffic. as the snow piles up. and eventually, your car can't get out of there. >> yeah. i guess that's what happened to a lot of folks last night. >> exactly.
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so join in the fun with everyone who was stuck, too, meaning not the fun. 2:00 a.m. this morning i got home. >> wow. >> yeah. let's take a look outside and see what's going on. because we do have a mixture of clouds and sun sheshine through the area. this is ashburn, virginia. a lot of folks making the snowman. i guess those are the little ones, the kids having fun, and another snow day for them. all right. let's see what's around the corner, because we may be looking at some more flakes coming through the area tomorrow afternoon. 36 degrees, your temperature. the air now is pretty dry. dew point, 21 degrees. humidity at 54%. but i do think that we could see a little bit of fog tomorrow morning as winds will be shifting to the southeast and fairly light. wind chill now at 30 degrees, so not too bad. we've got 34 in sterling, 36 in manassas, 38 degrees our warm spot down south in frederickburg, virginia. look at the scenes, though, across the area. this is middletown, maryland.
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snow there on the ground where temperatures have been running in the mid 30s. now 34 degrees. 31 in thurmont, more snow there as well after a high temperature of 32 degrees. and tillman island now at 34. snow cover, there you can see the water. actually, it's pretty near the water. doppler is quiet. tomorrow afternoon, a very weak system will compassing through our area. you can see it here in the northeast corner of the country. for michigan, down through indiana and illinois, this system will come into the area tomorrow afternoon, and then pass east of us, i think, by the evening. so here it is on 48 hours, a future cast, we are going to be cold tonight, so the slush turns to ice. and it's probably going to be a very slow go for tomorrow morning of the there's the weak front, comes through during the afternoon and lifts to the north. and then we're left with still some more snow coming in on the hills of some northwesterly winds and real cold air. so for saturday, we'll have some clouds around the area, but as far as snow potential where it's going pile up, i think that will stay west of i-81, western
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maryland on saturday could see 1 to 4 inches of snow. a cold one for the overnight. look at d.c., down to 25 degrees. and that coldses things all the way south in the northeast corner of the country. atlan atlanta down to 34 degrees, and that really is the story for the next couple days and even next week that we stay in this cold pattern. and yes, there is another system that may be developing down south and riding to the mid atlantic early part of next week. it's going to be slushy, 30 to 35 degrees. 22 to 27 for early tomorrow morning. it's going to be cold out there, but it's not going to be windy. again, keep in mind, we could have a touch of fog, and lower visibility for tomorrow morning. 34 to 38 tomorrow, this little system that does swing through could lay down a light coating of snow on top of heaping amounts we did get through parts of the area. saturday, the high, 40. 41 for sunday. the snow pack on the ground will
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keep the temperatures down. monday, the high 38. so it's not until tuesday that that system has the potential of producing some snow around the area. the next one could be a significant one for us. we'll talk more about that coming up when we look at the extended forecast. >> but we are going to get a little more of the white stuff tomorrow. >> very little. very, very thin blanket on the bed. >> just enough to provide some traction, maybe. thanks, veronica. >> it's the ice that bothers me. thanks a lot. >> all right, thanks. still to come on news4 at 4:00, our coverage of the winter storm's aftermath continues. we'll check in with pat collins. plus, with hundreds of thousands of people without power, how long will food stay good in your fridge and freezer? liz crenshaw has all of the
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welcome back to news4 at 4:00, i'm barbara harrison in for jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. more than a quarter million people across the area are without but power this afternoon. the heavy snow brought down trees and power lines. a major substation was also damaged. the company has about 147,000 customers in the dark. bg & e has about 65,000 outages, while dominion is reporting some 68,000. one person was killed in
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yesterday's storm. investigators say 41-year-old oswaldo hernandez cruz was driving his truck along military road last night when a tree fell-otherwise vehicle. he died from his injuries. the winter storm created a nightmare on many of the roads in our area. in fact, there were close to 100 cars abandoned by frustrated drivers on the gw parkway. >> meanwhile, other drivers made a home out of their cars last night as they waited for hours to traffic to clear. pat collins joins us live from gw parkway with more now. pat? >> reporter: barbara, we're here on the scenic overlook along the gw parkway. on the day after the big snowstorm. look over there. a beautiful sight, huh? but what's over here in the parking lot, not so pretty. these are just some of the cars that were abandoned last night on the parkway during that snowstorm. in all, about 96 cars were left
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by their drivers on the roadway, as they got stuck in the snow. some people spent five hours. seven hours. nine hours in their car. ordinary commutes, well, they turned into odysseys. there was one man who walked five miles just to get home. another woman who spent nine hours in her car before she got even close to where she lived. now we talked to a number of these road warriors today as they came to top off their tanks and recharge their batteries. and reclaim their rides. and coming up at 5:30, you're going to hear some amazing stories of survival from the people who were involved, and what could have been the worst rush hour of all-time in our city. come on back at 5:30. you'll see the story, and you'll hear from these amazing road warriors.
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barbara? >> pat, all the people who are claiming they were very selfish to leave their cars out there, most of them left them because they weren't moving or were out of gas? did most of them have a reason? >> reporter: well, there were a number of reasons they left their car. some of them ran out of gas. some of them were frightened. i mean, they were in their car for a very long time, and they wanted to get out. they were desperate. they were trying to get out. i talked to one woman who got a ride, and then walked up to a parked police substation here. she spent part of the night sleeping in a chair there. other people got rides from some of the lucky ones who could navigate around all these cars on the roadway, and they managed to get home that way. i think a lot of people got desperate, they left their cars there, but i think they left them there for a pretty good reason. it's hard to get angry at someone who has been in their car for six, seven, eight hours for leaving their car, trying to get to some warmth and some
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shelter. >> yeah, and pat, you know, i don't remember in recent history a storm where we had this element of the people just leaving their cars in the middle of the roads in such large numbers. >> reporter: this was an incredible rush hour. i mean, it may be historic proportions, because it not only happened here in virginia, it also took place up in montgomery county and prince george's county down in fairfax county and louden county. the road crews couldn't pretreat the roads, and so the rain would have washed away any of that pretreatment. then what happened is, we had some sleet that turned like that into a very icy snowstorm. and a fast-moving storm, i think the weather people will tell you, that sometimes we were getting snow at a rate of maybe 2 inches an hour or more.
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so it came down suddenly. and it seemed like every flake meant business. everyone was accounted for here. then what happened is we had the release of all the people, the workers trying to get home early, which created a traffic jam. the salt trucks and the plows got mixed up you in the traffic jam. they became almost a part of the problem as opposed to being part of the solution. and as people tried to get off these main roadways to get an alternate route, they found that the exit ramps were all iced up, so we had more cars stuck on the exit ramps, and it was just a study and still life as people tried to make their way home. >> what a nightmare. >> yeah, the perfect storm we could almost call it. >> reporter: a nightmare. it was a nightmare. watch this at 5:30. >> we'll watch. >> reporter: there's some pretty resilient people we talked to today. >> did you catch up with ernie gruns feld of the wizards? he was out there for 12 hours.
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>> reporter: poor ernie. yeah, i didn't talk to him. but i feel his pain, you know, because he has had some road worries with that team, and now he had some personal road worries getting home last night. so ernie, our hearts are with you. >> an extra rough night for him. pat collins, live there on the scenic overlook in virginia. >> reporter: see you at 5:30. >> see you then. if your lights went out that, means your refrigerator freezer weren't working either. >> food only lasts so long during a power out, you know that. liz crenshaw is here with what you need to know. >> reporter: the question of the day. can we eat it. this is important. many refrigerator foods are not safe to eat after a lengthy power outage. when you're dealing with refrigerated food, it should be safe so long as your doors have been closed, no one open and closed them. most foods will keep for a few hours without electricity. that magic number, 40 degrees. certain foods should be discarded if they went above 40
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degrees. what foods should be you worried about? any kind of meat, fish, poultry, dairy, egg products, soft cheeses. you also want to keep an eye on any cooked food, such as leftovers. some foods, though, that are not going to spoil as quickly, may lose quality, would be your salad dressings and mayonnaise. now let's think about the freezer. if you kept the doors closed, a full freezer is going to stay at freezing temperatures for two days. that's pretty good. a half a freezer, about one day. and even if your frozen foods have begun to defrost, they still are safe if they have ice crystals on them or still cold. if you re-freeze them, they will be safe, but the quality may not be as good. now, when you're left without power, you're going to want to prevent a power surge, and that electricity comes back on, think about this for next time. here's how to do it. you want to turn off all those electrical appliances and unplug those you can't reach that were on. that includes, your stove, tv, your computer, any of your power
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strips. leave one electric light on. leave your refrigerator plugged in. this is going to prevent a power surge and possible fire, they say, when the power is restored. when you see that light come back on, then you're supposed to run around and turn your appliances back on, one by one. now, this winter storm is the perfect example of why it is important to keep an emergency kit on hand if you didn't have one before. pay attention. pep co does offer these tips. you want a battery-powered radio or tv. of course, a flashlight and a cooltory put your food in. you want to make sure you have adequate prescription medications. you don't want to be running out for those, and keep a three-day supply of nonperishable foods and always bottled water on hand. and also don't forget about that hand-operated can opener. i love to remind people about that as they go to open up that can of tuna and they go oh, right. i had the tuna because i can't cook but now i can't open it. >> battery powered tv a few years ago, but i couldn't find it. >> all right. we need the flashlight and the
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battery powered tv, barbara. >> and a full tank of gas, right? >> full tank of gas. >> thanks, liz. let's check out this afternoon's rush hour. >> ashley is standing by. ashley. >> oh, goodness. it is so different than yesterday. we've got some great conditions. well, great, considering what we're dealing with weather wise. now, major roadways are actually in pretty good shape right now. here's the capital beltway as you make your approach up towards central avenue. yesterday we had jammed conditions. it was a mess, leaving alexandra through objectionen hill to get up the hill at branch avenue. fortunately, as you can see, snow is not a big factor for drivers around the beltway. other side as you travel across the american legion, not something we see every day at this hour. wide open spaces toward river road. no problems. 270 in pretty good shape right now. germantown up through the clarksburg area. side roads. georgia looking much better than yesterday. we have still got a peppering of disabled vehicles all around the region, lining shoulders and
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some still in the middle of the roadway. they're doing a big, big push to try to get rid of all these disabled. but they are still out and about, so use caution with that. and also, particularly out of montgomery county, a lot of traffic signals dark. that also affects drivers elsewhere in maryland and virginia. a couple in the district, as well. so treat them as a four-way stop, just to error on the side of caution. and definitely use a lot of kindness when you come to these intersections, because everybody is in the same mess there along with you. pat and barbara, back to you. >> all right, thanks, ash. >> thank you. well, many viewers are sharing their commuting horror stories on our facebook page. and here's one from janice. it says, what didn't help were the thoughtless, selfish people who ditched their cars right in the middle of the road. making it impossible to go anywhere until the vehicles were towed out of the way. >> jennifer also wrote to us about her ten-minute drive that took six hours and the many people who got stuck. thankfully, she says some men were out on route 29 in silver spring, just helping cars.
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still some good, kind people out here. and if you want to offer your thoughts, just search nbc washington on facebook, and i've got some messages on my facebook page today. one woman talked about taking the bus with her son who had just gotten out of school, had a full backpack, brought her groceries and then discovered the buses weren't running, so she had to haul the groceries and her son and his backpack for a half mile to get home in the snow. >> oh, wow. a lot of people with some really terrible horror stories out there from yesterday. >> all right. mrs. more to come on news 4 at 4:00. kids across the area enjoyed their day off. we'll check on some of the sledding they got in today. >> also, people up north got hit again. can you believe it? philly and new york are digging out from under another foot of snow.
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welcome back. we're learning that hundreds of people had to spend the night at area airports. >> runways were shut down for most of the night, and then crews had to clear one runway at a time. airport authority spokesmen tell us they are now operating at normal levels, but they're also dealing with a backlog from yesterday's cancellations, and there are cancellations for flights departing to airports north of baltimore. so passengers are advised to check with your airlines before going to the airport. >> well, during the height of the storm yesterday, our reporters bracved the elements all day and night. >> they managed to help others who were stranded, including news4's john schriffen, who was not only shoveling others out, but also pushed a stuck car.
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>> let's see if we can shovel their way out. you want to hold the microphone? >> sure. >> see if we can do it. we're pushing. we're pushing. are we out? >> yeah. >> looks like it's working, right? >> first let me talk about schriffen. what, is he, a one man aaa out there? pushing cars? we ought to get him one of those hats with one of those yellow flashing lights. >> call john schriffen. you got stuck, you need some gas? i'm sorry. it's getting a little delerious. >> something to laugh about out there in the snow. >> good for john, though. trying to help -- >> very nice of him. >> trying to help his fellow man. on a really rough night. when news4 continues, also ahead, a lot of child play going on in virginia today. >> plus, veronica johnson is
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back with another look at the forecast.
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it should be green. okay. hi, i'm joe kennedy, and i want you to meet a friend of mine, courtney. courtney's mom, elaine, had to quit work to care for her sick daughter, who's been fighting leukemia for half of her short life. there are millions of families like courtney's, who are having a tough time making it these days. folks can't pay their bills, and staying warm just isn't possible. let us remember, at this particular time, that kindness counts and that there's still room for a gentle response to those in need. so i want to thank the people of venezuela and citgo petroleum for their generosity. we'll have our differences, but they were the only country,
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and the only oil company, to answer our call to provide heating assistance to the poor. if you need help staying warm, give me a call at citizens energy, at 1-877-joe-4-oil. because no one should be left out in the cold. well, a lot of kids around our region did not waste time watching tv. maybe because they didn't have any electricity. instead they decided to have some fun in the snow. >> yeah. chopper 4 caught these kids and their parents gathered at this very large hill in restin doing sledding.
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the hill was created after a construction project in that area. everybody took part. the young folks, the old folks. and afterward, the group did what a lot of folks do, and enjoyed doing in the middle of the snow. they had an old fashioned snowball fight. >> made some good snow balls with that wet snow. >> very wet snow. >> and they have wanted that for a while, a chance to get out there and do just that. >> they got t. >> hopefully everyone is happy for a while. the kids, you know, having a little bit of snow to have some fun. >> and a day off. >> right. or a day off. so we're talking about this snow, what looks like it's going take a couple days to melt. okay, so melting and sublimation of snow where it goes from a solid state to the gas state, by passing the liquid state. alittle of that going on. and just in time when it's all gone, we can see another storm system early part of next week. let's take a look outside and see what's going on right now. we've got conditions there, mixture of clouds and sun getting close to sunset. it's 5:24 for today. nothing on the radar for now. but i do think that this time tomorrow we will have seen some
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light snow showers come through the area very, very light. could lay down a coating of snow. 34, the temperature right now. plenty cold. spots like mt. pleasant and benefitting at 36. warnton at 36, and wheat ton and kensington in maryland at 34 degrees. as is falls church. we have a light wind, and that light wind tomorrow as temperatures drop. may start producing fog with a very light wind that will be off the water. 27 to 28 early tomorrow morning. so low visibility. and, again, some icy patches on the roadway. spots further out like pet worth and sean and trinidad will be dripping down to 25 degrees. 24 for frederick and 23 in warnton to start the day tomorrow. that light snow will be coming through the area after a high of 38 degrees. here's a look at your future cast. you can see it coming in. 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. so again, probably more clouds than sunshine tomorrow. by noontime, the system makes its way east and things start to wane.
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so about noontime to 4:00 or so we could see snow. and a colder pattern for next week. the four-day forecast. 40 to 41 saturday and sunday. monday is looking quiet. tuesday and wednesday looks like another storm with probably more snow on wednesday, and then going with that combination of snow/sleet stuff for tuesday. >> oh, yeah, the stuff we like, huh? >> no. >> all right, thanks, veteran kachlt. >> thank you. and coming up on news4, we'll have an update on the power problems in virginia.
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chopper 4 captured the efforts of some dominion virginia power crews working on lines in springfield. officials say they've got 2,000 people working out of hundreds of trucks on the widespread outages there. they are encouraging customers without power to continue to call to let them know, even if they've already called once. and the number to call is 866-dom-help. that's 866-dom-h-e-l-p to find out when your service will be restored. tonight on nbc washington nonstop, we take a close look at how grocery stores get us to spend more money. >> here is aaron gilchrist with a preview. >> reporter: lots coming up tonight on nbc washington nonstop. at 7:00, i'll join pat for "daily connection." we're going to take a look at some of the secrets supermarkets use to get you to buy more than
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that carton of milk you originally meant to buy. and jackie bensen stirring things up with a trip to chevy chase. it's a delicious show you won't want to miss. and stay tuned for nonstop scene dc after that. it starts at 7:00 at nbc washington nonstop. >> that food looked good. >> it sure did. >> and still ahead on news4, our first blizzard of the year devastated our region, but folks in the northeast are shattering all kinds of snow records. and for all of your news, be sure to follow news4 online. just search nbc washington on facebook and twitter.
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the storm that terrorized our area wasn't any nicer to our neighbors to the north. michelle franzen has a look at how other cities in the northeast are coping with yesterday another record snowfall. >> reporter: digging out. again. the east coast hammered by another winter storm. this one packed with record snowfall, fierce winds, and even lightning and thunder. the fast-moving storm left its mark on the nation's capital, all the way to new england. closing airports, stranding commuters on the roads, and rails. and testing the patience of most. >> enough is too much, already. >> this is frustrating, because it's been one after another. this is one of the worst januarys i remember. really is.
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>> reporter: and the numbers prove it. cities like boston, hartford and new york have already broken seasonal snow averages. in new york city, central park tallied 19 inches of snow in less than 24 hours on this storm. >> this is roughly twice the amount of snow that yesterday's evening national weather service forecast told us to expect. >> reporter: all that on top of more than 36 inches received already just this winter. it makes for the snowiest january on record for the big apple. in philadelphia, buried in 17 inches of fresh snow, kids made the best of it, but most residents in the region found little to love about this latest round. >> i have to struggle to get to work and get the kids to school. >> reporter: in massachusetts, two drivers had to be rescued after this garage roof collapsed. the weight of the snow, too much. near the coast, too much snow along with heavy winds made for a mess. >> it's heavy, wet snow. it's no fun.
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no fun at all. >> reporter: no fun at all. and nearly two months left to go before winter is officially over. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >> and that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 starts right now. abandoned vehicles, closed schools, travel delays, and thousands of people left in the dark. a fast-moving winter storm delivered an icy mix to the area, and 24 hours later, we're still dealing with the effects. hello, i'm pat lawson muse, jim handly is off tonight. >> and after this big storm of 2011, some areas got up to a foot. the system also knocked out power to 400,000 customers at one point. it is blamed for at least six deaths. but the big story now, of course, is the clean-up. dozens of vehicles abandoned on
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the highways at the height of this storm. many still out there. from the trouble spots on the road to the delays in the sky, we have crews covering every angle of this storm. we're going to be here with chris gordon live in silver spring. chris? >> reporter: well, good evening. today some of montgomery county's most powerful leaders had no power. the executive office building in rockville was dark. senior leaders had to work from home. the montgomery county jail had to use an emergency generator. some libraries lost power, like many residents. in takoma park, maryland, the snowstorm snapped poles, downed power lines, and left neighborhoods without electricity. one resident posted this home made sign with a skull and cross bones, declaring cedar avenue closed to traffic. that's where a tree smashed two vehicles. despite the destruction to this minivan, it still runs. so its owner, chris gorman, used it, since had he no power insid


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